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Report: 1 in 4 Nevadans Walked Away From Homes

LAS VEGAS -- A report released by a realtors association shows that nearly one in four people who lost their homes to foreclosure admitted to walking away from the home.

The Nevada Association of Realtors, who released the report, also found that most struggling Nevada homeowners were not aware of federal and non-profit programs designed to help them. The report shows that 61 percent of those surveyed who nearly lost their homes to foreclosure had never heard of the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative program and only three percent said they had used the Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program.

Of the 23 percent who admitted to walking away from their homes, most said they were advised by trusted confidants that a strategic default was their best option.

Police Battle Marijuana Grow House Problem

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a marijuana grow site where a mother and her two sons were arrested over the weekend. Two small children were also in the in the house.

The incident happened at a house on Rancho Palms Drive in northwest Las Vegas. Police say they have responded to the home at least five times in the last 60 days. But they say the valley's marijuana problem is much bigger than one house.

"The problem with marijuana grows has eclipsed that of methamphetamine labs. In 2010, we only had six methamphetamine labs as compared to 118 marijuana grows," said Metro Lt. Laz Chavez.

Since 2007, Metro says the valley has seen more than a 100 percent increase of marijuana grows and plants, a 43 percent increase of people arrested and the investigations have cost the department more than $500,000 since 2007.

Person Dead in Northwest Las Vegas Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- A man was shot to death Thursday in a confrontation with another man. Police think the shooter wanted revenge after a fight on Wednesday.

It happened just before 11:00 a.m. Jones and Alta. Officers arrived on scene and found the victim, who family members say is 41-year-old Edward Wernicke, brother of mayoral candidate Anthony Wernicke, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to University Medical Center's trauma unit in critical condition, but he later died.

There are two suspects, but police say only one shooter. A few blocks away, police staked out a street thinking the people involved were hiding there. But after talking with the homeowner, they learned that wasn't the case.

"He advised that there was nobody at that residence. That person is cooperating with us and we determined that (the suspects is) still out there," said Metro Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts.

School Board Selects New Member

LAS VEGAS -- A new Clark County School District trustee was voted into office Thursday. The new trustee will replace former Board President Terri Janison, who represented District E.

Twelve candidates were given three minutes to speak in front of the school board. There was a wide variety of candidates, everything from lawyers to a school principal. Current trustees say they were looking for someone with passion and time.

"We are looking for someone who is committed, who is dedicated, who has the time to do the job. Obviously, they are going to have a learning curve, but learn about children and education," said Board President Carolyn Edwards.

"There has to be some knowledge of what it takes to run a school district and the financial basis for what we do and how we balance all of that, so a little bit of a financial background," said Board Vice President Dr. Linda Young.

Vandals Destroy Cars at Opportunity Village Campus

LAS VEGAS -- Opportunity Village has suffered another blow. Six months after a fire destroyed the Opportunity Village Thrift Store, vandals have broken into cars and damaged property at their main campus.

When staff arrived at work Wednesday, they saw shards of tinted glass all over the parking lot. Seven vans were broken into and rummaged through. There were even tools stolen out of one of them.

"Can we not catch a break at all? It's very, very frustrating. The staff just can't comprehend why anyone would want to do this to Opportunity Village," said Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village.

She says thieves have stolen Santa suits, cables, Christmas lights and props from the Magical Forest over the last month.

CSN Celebrates 40 Years in Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- It started as a small campus in 1971, and over the years, the College of Southern Nevada has grown. It is now know nationwide as having some of the best medical and technical programs in the country. This year marks the college's 40th anniversary.

It was just a small campus back in 1971. But with 44,000 students enrolled, CSN seems to be the institution where many people would rather attend over many universities. Only 400 students were enrolled at the Community College of Southern Nevada back in 1971.

CSN President Doctor Michael Richards says through the years, the classrooms grew, and so did the campus. It even underwent a name change in 2007, from CCSN to CSN. It has become the largest and most diverse higher education institution in Nevada, with accolades for academics in nursing, cardio-respiratory and fire science technology.

Shooting Leaves man Dead, Woman Injured

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a double shooting which left one man dead and a female injured.

The incident occurred on Saturday around 1:15 p.m. near Jones and Cheyenne at the Evergreen Apartments.

Police say the man and woman were taking out the trash when two men confronted them and got into an argument. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot the victims.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene, and the woman was transported to UMC with a gunshot wound to her foot.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (702) 385-5555